KUALA LUMPUR: Students who want to take Bahasa Melayu as a single paper for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination can do so with the approval of the National Examination Board.
Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said in such cases candidates would only be given the results slip of the particular subject and not the SPM certification.
“If the candidate only takes BM paper, then the result slip will only be given for that subject and this can only be done with the approval of the National Examination Board,” she said.
Teo also clarified that the full SPM certificate would only be given to candidates who took six compulsory subjects and scored at least credits for both the BM and History papers.
The six compulsory subject for all SPM candidates are BM, English, Islamic Studies or Moral Studies, History, Mathematics and Science.
Earlier today, during the question and answer session, Teo said SPM candidates were allowed to take one subject instead of the prerequisite six subjects, if candidates were given prior approval.
She was replying to Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong (Ayer Hitam-BN) who had asked whether SPM would be made into an open examination, where candidates would be allowed to sit for a single subject.
He said SPM should be made into an open exam since according to the current system, SPM candidates must take six core subjects, including the history paper.